I wanted to take a minute and send you best wished for the upcoming year, as we're crossing the mark into 2014 today all over the world. Happy New Year to you all and thank you for keeping up with my photography!
Quick Recap of 2013
Usually this time of the year I go back in my Lightroom catalogs and try to pick favorite shots I took in the past 12 months. However, the year of 2013 was very rich in terms of what and where I shot, and Iâ€™m well behind in my photo editing and processing. I canâ€™t pick my favorite shots, because I havenâ€™t even seen at least 1/4 of the photos I took.But a quick recap of the year goes something like this:
My photography took a turn as I started shooting more people and places and less buildings and nature. In fact, I havenâ€™t shot anything landscape or nature related all year, except when I was in Maui in the spring. At that time I was so discouraged with the photos I got, I might have given up shooting those subjects for a while.
I also took a stab at shooting sports, from shooting Mavericks surf competition from a boat to shooting San Jose Earthquakes games. It was fun to try, but I may stick to more simple camera setups and subjects.
In the summer I purchased my first Leica, and it felt as if I fell in love with photography once again. Much thanks goes to Topher Martini, Sam Nichols, Dave Powell and others who encouraged me to jump right in, and never look back. Shooting with a rangefinder is a very different experience than shooting with an SLR or a mirrorless camera, and it was just the change I needed to get inspired again.
I shot 12 weddings last year â€“ a new high for me, and a surprise after I thought Iâ€™ve given up doing that altogether. But most of that was really fun to do, even if hard, and have helped me buy the Leica and other photography related travel. I even built a dedicated wedding portfolio site - which you can check out here.
Andy Lee and I published another Plus One Collection book earlier this year. Many of you contributed photos, money, and time to help us, and for this Iâ€™m very thankful. Iâ€™m especially proud of the quality of photography and printing we achieved this year. The latest version of the book almost sold out in less than 8 months, helping us raise over $13,000 (!!!) for The Kilgoris Project which Jon McCormack runs and which Michael Frye introduced me to. Not sure if weâ€™re doing another book next year though..
Itâ€™s been great to spend 2013 working for SmugMug â€“ in the photo industry I love. Iâ€™ve met many of you at tradeshows I attended, and as you came for a tour of our headquarters, and my colleague Dustin Bess even arranged a breakfast with my idol Scott Kelby. I was pinching myself all morning that day!
Besides finance related projects, where my expertise and responsibility lies, I spent several weeks in the summer shooting for our new home page and new SmugMug redesign, which launched in August.
The year 2014 should be just as exciting if not more. I hope to shoot even more, and to share more often, including this newsletter. Stay tuned and Iâ€™ll see you next year!